Germ or germs may refer to:


* Germ (microorganism), an informal word for a pathogen * Germ cell, cell that gives rise to the gametes of an organism that reproduces sexually * Germ layer, a primary layer of cells that forms during embryonic development * Cereal germ, the reproductive part of a cereal grain * Tooth germ, an aggregation of cells that eventually forms a tooth * Germ theory of disease, which states that some diseases are caused by microorganisms * Germ (mathematics), an object in a topological space that captures local properties

Art and media


* Germs (band), an American punk rock band * Germ (musician), a stage name of Tim Wright * Germ (rapper), an American rapper affiliated with Suicideboys and Pouya * "Germs" (song), by "Weird Al" Yankovic * ''The Germ'' (album), by Victim's Family


* "Germs" (''Invader Zim''), an episode of ''Invader Zim'' * ''The Germ'' (periodical), a British art magazine published in 1850 * The Germs (comics), a comic strip * "The Germ", an episode of ''G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero''

Other uses

* Germ, Hautes-Pyrénées, a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department of southwestern France * Germ Hofma (born 1925), Dutch football player in the 1940s and 1950s

See also

* Germination, the process by which an organism grows from a seed or similar structure * Stem cell, biological cells that can differentiate into other types of cells * Germans, people from Germany {{disambiguation